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Meanwhile, Pakistan President Zardari, will he escape charges from the past, before he was elected President of Pakistan after his wife’s Assassination? Read background on this Zardari storie at one of our earlier posts here.
This was for the first time that the govt took a definite position before the Supreme Court regarding the question of Swiss cases against President Zardari.
Taken from Dawn.com:ISLAMABAD: The Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari cannot be reopened and therefore there is no need for any correspondence with the Swiss authorities on the issue, Law Secretary Justice (retd.) Aqil Mirza said in a written statement submitted before the Supreme Court on Thursday.
This was for the first time that the government took a categorical position in the Supreme Court on the issue of reviving Swiss cases against President Zardari. Hearing a suo motu case, the court’s five-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, expressed dismay over the government’s failure to implement the Supreme Court verdict regarding the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
Justice Nasirul Mulk observed that it appears that so far the government has not taken a single step to implement the court’s NRO judgment. Attorney-General Anwarul Haq conceded before the bench that no letter had yet been transmitted to the Swiss authorities for reviving the cases against President Zardari. The Attorney-General’s statement was contrary to what Chairman NAB told the court on March 30 that two letters had been transmitted to the Swiss authorities. The court has summoned Law Secretary and Chairman NAB on May 13 to explain as to why the court’s verdict was not being implemented. — DawnNews
Karzai brother dismisses criticism. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, is the chairman of the Kandahar provincial legislative council and seen as the power-broker of the restive region in the south of the country. Listen to the last minute of this video. Afghanistan is a nation of tribes, ruled by tribes, and protect Afghanistan from those outside. Read the story here at Al Jazeera. UPDATED: NATO Gambles on Collaboration with Ahmad Wali Karazi, Read the story Here from Times Online. A sampling of the article:
…“I can hardly mention one official who isn’t under Karzai’s control in this region,” an elder from the Alokozai tribe said. “Local officials who don’t obey him are killed. He has his own militias and elements of the Taleban. He can kill whenever he wants.”
…One senior coalition figure calculated that the “Karzai cartel” was making a turnover of a billion dollars a year from the coalition involvement in Afghanistan, through lucrative contracts and sub-contracting spin-offs in convoy protection, construction, fuel, food and security. Kandahar’s other alleged cartel — the Barakzais — was said to have a turnover of $900 million (£600 million).
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